About Chasing Ice - SOLD OUT

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Photographer James Balog is scheduled to be present. All tickets have been issued. IU Cinema will observe a standby line and fill all open seats at 7:00 pm.

In the spring of 2005, photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to document the Earth’s changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change. But that first trip opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and challenged him to put his career and his very well-being at risk. Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Battling untested technology in subzero conditions, he comes face to face with his own mortality. His hauntingly beautiful images compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear. (2K DCP presentation)

This screening is sponsored by the Union Board, College Arts & Humanities Institute, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Integrated Program in the Environment, Department of Geological Sciences, Center for Integrative Photographic Studies, Kelley School of Business, and IU Cinema. Special thanks to Michael Hamburger.

Other Events on Campus Public Lecture and Book Signing
Wednesday, February 18 at 7:30 pm, Whittenberger Auditorium, IMU

Artist’s Talk
Thursday, February 19th at 4:00 pm, Hodge Hall, Room 3016

James Balog
James Balog has been a leader in photographing, understanding and interpreting the natural environment for three decades. An avid mountaineer with a graduate degree in geography and geomorphology, James is equally at home on a Himalayan peak or a whitewater river; the African savannah or polar icecaps.

To reveal the impact of climate change, James founded the Extreme Ice Survey (EIS), the most wide-ranging, ground-based, photographic study of glaciers ever conducted. National Geographic showcased this work in the June 2007 and June 2010 issues. The project is also featured in the 2009 NOVA documentary Extreme Ice, and in the feature-length documentary, Chasing Ice.

EIS has been recognized with the Heinz Award, the Missouri School of Journalism’s Honor Medal for Distinguished Service, the Aspen Institute’s Visual Arts & Design Award, and the Galen and Barbara Rowell Award for the Art of Adventure. Balog has received the Leica Medal of Excellence, the International League of Conservation Photographers Award and the North American Nature Photography Association’s Outstanding Photographer of the Year award. He was named Person of the Year for 2011 by PhotoMedia magazine.

James is the author of seven books, including Extreme Ice Now: Vanishing Glaciers and Changing Climate: A Progress Report, published by National Geographic Books in 2009. ICE: Portraits of the World’s Vanishing Glaciers, will be released in the fall of 2012.

Among his other books are Tree: A New Vision of the American Forest (2004), Wildlife Requiem (1984), Anima (1992), and Survivors: A New Vision of Endangered Wildlife (1990), which was hailed as a major conceptual breakthrough in nature photography. His work has been extensively published in most of the world’s major pictorial magazines including The New Yorker, National Geographic, Life, American Photo, Vanity Fair, Sierra, Audubon, and Outside, and is in dozens of public and private art collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Corcoran Gallery, the Denver Art Museum and the Gilman Paper Company. In 1996, James was the first photographer ever commissioned by the U.S. Postal Service to create a full sheet of stamps.

James lives in the Rocky Mountains, above Boulder, Colorado, with his wife, Suzanne, and his daughters Simone and Emily.

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